Catholic Mass comes to ULV

by Amber Neri
Staff Writer

Catholic students at the University of La Verne are receiving a chance to build a fellowship on campus in an organized and traditional Catholic way with this year’s newly-organized Catholic Campus Mass program.

Jane Kirchner, Catholic campus minister, along with junior Juan Pablo Miramontes, arranged for the Masses to be performed by an ordained priest.

With cooperation from nearby parishes and a campus committee called the Catholic Advisory Board, the program has begun to grow.

According to Kirchner, the Catholic Campus Ministry is something that has been growing quite successfully. With staff involvement on the Advisory Board, the Mass and its benefits are something that directly affects Catholic students, and faculty as well.

Sophomore Javier Harvin feels that the program is very beneficial for students who wish to practice their faith.

“It allows students that don’t normally get home for Mass to stay on campus. It’s good because it’s a small group, and it is a very personal Mass,” said Harvin.

After every Mass, there is a forum that takes place for those who wish to discuss the lesson, or any other topic, and get a chance to express personal views on a wide variety of subjects.

“The forum that takes place is great because it’s a chance for topics like AIDS/HIV or Proposition 187 to be discussed and tied into the lesson from the preceding Mass,” said Harvin. “A two-in-one situation, the Mass and then the forum following it, are wonderful.”

With music by pianist Andrea Gardner and meaningful messages, the opportunity to gather and worship on campus is something available not only for Catholics on campus, but all students.

The Catholic Masses take place on campus every other Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel. The next Mass will be held on Sunday, Oct. 30.

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